Our 10 shelters throughout NSW help more than 38,000 injured, neglected, sick, surrendered and unwanted animals each year, providing comfortable accommodation and the best possible care. Shelters are a place where people can seek advice on their pet's health and temperament. They are also a haven for animals that have been abandoned or lost, or have been victims of cruelty or neglect.

After being assessed medically and checked to ensure there are no other issues, animals are either immediately put up for adoption on or are referred to our veterinarians. Animals with the potential to be adopted are given every opportunity to find their furever homes.

When visiting a shelter, you will be required to fill out a comprehensive questionnaire to ensure the staff are able to match you with the right animal for your lifestyle.

All adoption animals have received a comprehensive veterinary check, been desexed, microchipped, treated for internal and external parasites (such as fleas and worms), and had their initial vaccinations. Dogs are also heartworm tested and treated.

The RSPCA Blue Mountains Shelter services the Katoomba, Lithgow and Springwood areas, and greater surrounds.

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The RSPCA Broken Hill Shelter services the Broken Hill, Menindee and Wilcannia areas, and greater surrounds.

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The RSPCA Central Coast Shelter services the Somersby, Woy Woy and Wyong areas, and greater surrounds.

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The RSPCA Coffs Harbour Shelter services the Bonville, Coffs Harbour and Karangi areas, and greater surrounds.

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The RSPCA Hunter Shelter services the Cessnock, Maitland and Newcastle areas, and greater surrounds.

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The RSPCA Illawarra Shelter services the Kiama, Mittagong and Wollongong areas, and greater surrounds.

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The RSPCA Orange Shelter services the Bathurst, Canowindra and Manildra areas, and greater surrounds.

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The RSPCA Port Macquarie Shelter services the Kempsey, Taree and Wauchope areas, and greater surrounds.

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The RSPCA Shoalhaven Shelter services the Nowra, Sussex Inlet and Ulladulla areas, and greater surrounds.

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The RSPCA Sydney Shelter services the greater metropolitan Sydney area and greater surrounds.

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How you can help

Looking to adopt? Search now for dogs, cats and other pets available for rehoming at your local RSPCA shelter.

RSPCA has joined forces with Bendigo Bank and Visa to create an exciting range of credit cards that offer Australians a way to help animals in need.

Each year, over 40,000 animals turn to RSPCA NSW for help. Every donation from you is vital in rescuing and caring for them.

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  1. The initiative runs in New South Wales only from 24 February to 26 February 2017 inclusive.
  2. The initiative applies to all animals available for adoption at RSPCA NSW shelters, Care Centres and participating Petbarn Adoption Centres only. The initiative does not extend to RSPCA NSW animals offered for adoption through RSPCA Volunteer branches.
  3. Animals adopted during the initiative are subject to availability. Should all available animals be rehomed prior to the end of the initiative, the offer will no longer be honoured. No rainchecks are available.
  4. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  5. RSPCA NSW retains the right to refuse an adoption if it does not comply with standard operational processes.
  6. A maximum of two adoption animals may be adopted by any household.
  7. No animal will be placed on hold for any period. Adoption must be by personal attendance at one of the abovementioned facilities.
  8. Photographic personal identification must be presented at the time of adoption.
  9. A suitable carry cage must be used to transport birds, felines and small animals, including pocket pets, from the premises and during the journey home. If you do not have access to an appropriate carrier, you can purchase a carrier at the time of adopting your companion. Cardboard carriers are available to purchase for $10 from RSPCA shelters and Care Centres while stocks last.
  10. Suitable leads and harnesses must be used to transport canines from the premises. Canines must be appropriately restrained within the vehicle for the journey home. If you do not have access to an appropriate lead and harness, suitable equipment is available for purchase at the time of adoption while stocks last.
  11. Suitable transport for livestock and horses must be considered prior to adoption, and animals must be collected on the day of adoption.
  12. We understand that sometimes, despite your and RSPCA NSW’s best endeavours, your new pet doesn’t settle into your lifestyle. For this reason, you can return any animal to a RSPCA NSW shelter within 21 days from the time of collection to receive a replacement authorisation in accordance with our replacement policy, or a refund of the adoption fee paid. Please note: merchandise purchased cannot be returned as part of the replacement of an animal. Should a product be faulty, you can return that product, in its original condition, to the facility you purchased the merchandise from within seven (7) days and RSPCA NSW will replace that item.